Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Tähtifantasia 2010 Nominees

The nominees for the Tähtifantasia award for best translated fantasy published in Finnish last year have been announced.

The nominees are:
  • Joe Abercrombie: Ase itse (The Blade Itself, Kirjava)
  • Jorge Luis Borges: Kuvitteellisten olentojen kirja (El libro de los seres imaginarios, Teos)
  • Joe Hill: Bobby Conroy palaa kuolleista ja muita kertomuksia (20th Century Ghosts, Tammi)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Lavinia (Lavinia, WSOY)
  • Haruki Murakami: Kafka rannalla (Kafka on the Shore, Tammi)
The winner will be announced at Finncon in July. The jury for the award comprises critic Jukka Halme, critic Aleksi Kuutio, writer and editor Anne Leinonen and Risingshadow.net representative Osmo Määttä. The award is given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, and previous winners are Jeff VanderMeer, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Ellen Kushner.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typo: Kafka on the Beach -> Kafka on the Shore

02 March, 2010 21:36  
Blogger Tero said...

Thanks, fixed.

02 March, 2010 22:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beach one is the sequel.

Wow. What a finalist list. My money's on Borges. He was a tough old bastard. I'd be willing to bet he's still hanging around somewhere.

03 March, 2010 01:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

erm, that was me, JeffV

03 March, 2010 01:43  
Blogger Tero said...

Yes, it‘s quite a list. Somewhat different than speculated in advance—the biggest surprises to people seem to be Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Hal Duncan’s Vellum not making the short list. Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre was also a strong favorite. But the jury once again found a versatile and interesting list of books, although I wouldn’t have picked Abercrombie on it myself. And Vellum is sure to be seen on the Tähtivaeltaja award short list; it being classified as science fiction, not fantasy, is the only explanation for it being excluded here.

03 March, 2010 10:00  

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